8 tips for safer travel during the holidays

Highways across the country will be packed with travelers as 97 million people plan to drive somewhere for the holidays. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Highways across the country will be packaged with travelers since 97 million people intend to drive somewhere for the holiday season. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If you’re traveling anywhere this holiday season, expect to get some business on the street   about 107 million fellow travellers according to AAA. Just over 97 million are anticipated to drive and the other 6.4 million will soon be flying.

The holidays are a hectic time and drivers are already distracted by their mobiles, auto passengers and technology. Throw in thousands of sellers or pedestrians who are texting or talking and you can see the risks grow exponentially.

man drinking coffee behind the wheel of a car

Eating or drinking while driving takes your eyes off the street and raises the chance of an collision. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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woman surprised at how much traffic there is Holiday visitors can add significant travel delays around major cities and during rush hour. (Photo: Shutterstock)

4.  Don’t rush. Make certain to permit plenty of time to get to your destination and consider how visitors can affect your trip time. The number of travelers who may be unfamiliar with an area raises the odds for accidents. Plan your route and some alternatives until you leave home just in case you hit traffic congestion.

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The police will be looking for speeders and impaired drivers through the vacations. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Move to as safe an area as possible if you’re in an accident or break. (Photo: Shutterstock)

auto insurance policy  Confirm that your policy is current and what it will pay. (Photo: Shutterstock)

7. Proof of insurance. Be sure to are in possession of a current insurance coverage and your driver’s license before leaving home. You also may want to check and see if your insurance will pay for a rental car or hotel nights in the event of a crash or breakdown.

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